Khabib Nurmagomedov recently revealed that Dana White and the UFC has “something special” planned for him after his upcoming fight with Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.
What could it be?
Patrick Auger, Drake Riggs, and Matthew Wells team up to share their thoughts on what could be next in line for Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Riggs says that the most realistic option is a welterweight title shot. He also doesn’t doubt that a “ridiculous boxing match” could be in the works for the lightweight champion.
Wells says it’s absolutely not one of those two options and he initially believed it could be a re-booking with Tony Ferguson, no matter if he is coming off a win or loss. Wells says a welterweight title fight won’t happen because he and Usman are friends and have the same management and various other factors.
But the biggest thing that Wells can think of is that the UFC announces a 165-pound division (finally) and allows Nurmagomedov to get the first shot at the title. Usman and the welterweight division would be shifted up to 175 pounds and Khabib could become a two-division champion.
Patrick says the ramifications of that would be significant. If Usman wanted a shot, and he’d almost need to get one, he argues, it would cause serious challenges for that idea.
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.